Barbara Alethea (Barrett) Yule

7 décembre 19444 avril 2020

Barbara Alethea Barrett Yule born on December 7, 1944, passed from this life, peacefully, on Saturday, April 4, 2020, in Austin, TX. Born to Lawrence and Edna Barrett in Rochester, Minnesota, she spent her childhood in Owatonna, a town south of Minneapolis. Barbara was the oldest of three: Barbara, Mary, and William (Bill).

After graduating from Marion High School in 1962, Barbara attended College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Mankato State University and San Antonio College. It was this time in Mankato that ignited an interest in journalism as she worked with the Mankato Free Press.

In 1964 Barbara married Douglas Robert Yule, and they had two children. Tyrone (Chris) Douglas Yule & Justin Barrett Yule. Chris was born while Doug was stationed in Brindisi, Italy, with the US Airforce in 1967. Justin was born in Houston, TX, in 1971, where they had moved after Doug’s military service ended. They later settled in Austin, where they raised the boys.

Throughout her life, Barbara wore many hats, not the least of which were her time as a deputy editor with the Austin American Statesman, where she wrote a column called Close Calls and as the first woman managing editor at the Palm Beach Post in West Palm Beach, FL in 1984. Barbara was competitive, whether on the golf course, across the card table in a game of Gin, or “paying the bill.” In the late 1970s, Barbara even held the title of Texas Women’s Open Enduro Champion, a motorcycle racing competition. Just this year, Barbara helped celebrate the 31st year of Travis Medical. A medical equipment company that she helped grow with her sons, into a leading provider of complex-medical equipment. In the early days, as with everything Barbara endeavored, she worked tirelessly at the company. She used her keen sense for business and problem solving to make Travis Medical one of those quintessential Austin businesses. Although she had “semi-retired,’ Barbara was a regular at the office, where her spirit, intelligence, witty humor, and undying support of the “underdog” will be missed by all.

Barbara always looked forward to spending time with her sister, Mary, whether it was trips to Texas at Christmas, visiting family and friends or exploring new things.

Barbara fiercely guarded her independence, but also enjoyed collecting memorable experiences with the great number of friends she met from her time living in Minnesota, Italy, Texas, Florida, and California. Everyone can agree Barbara’s ability to engage in thought-provoking conversation was extraordinary and will have a lasting effect on our lives for years to come.

Barbara is preceded in death by her parents Lawrence (Biff) Barrett, Edna Barrett, and brother William Barrett. She is survived by her sister Mary Patricia Barrett of Minneapolis, MN, sister-in-law Marcia Barrett of Portland, OR, sons Chris (wife Kimberly) of Austin, TX, Justin (wife Jamee) of Austin, TX, grandchildren Geoffrey Michael Yule, Micaela Emily Barrett Yule, Lillian Audree Yule, Landon Forest Yule, nephew Thomas Barrett and niece Anne Barrett both of Oregon.

She will be greatly missed.

Arrangements for a celebration of life will be announced at a later date. The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Barbara’s honor to TravisCares at www.TravisCares.org.


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Barbara Alethea (Barrett) Yule


"Eenie" Erline Sullivan

28 avril , 2020

The shock of Barbara's passing took a chunk out of my heart. She was a special friend who added much joy to my widowhood and golfing during her stay at Balcones. We had so many fun loving friends. Barbara would have it no other way. She for sure had a good life, many love ones, a great golf game and a wealth of knowledge. To know her was a privilege appreciated - such wit, poise, intelligence and good looks wrapped into one super lady.

Sending my best to Mary, the boys and her growing family. Her many grandchildren were her joy from the first to the last. A wonderful blessing.

Janie Bethell

13 avril , 2020

Barbara was such an easy going person. We played golf together for years in Sun City Tx (Georgetown). She was very personable, easy to get to know, and a great golf partner. My sincere sympathy to her family and close family friends with her recent passings. Hugs to all of you and prayers for your comfort.

Stephen Schaefer

11 avril , 2020

Barb and I started grade school and graduated Marian High School in 1963. Seven years ago we attended our 50th high school reunion. We had a nice, long conversation about our lives in the intervening years. We lived in the small town of Owatonna, Minnesota and so with our small class of 50-some students, we all knew each other. Recently we met up in Las Vegas to remember a couple who had also been classmates and friends: Bruce and Shuggie. Their two children hosted the small memorial gathering and once again we enjoyed each other's company.
My condolences to Barb's sister Mary (give me a holler/email and let's have a meal after the coronavirus has moved on) and her two sons. She spoke fondly of you both. I am sorry we never got to meet. If you come to Minneapolis, holler!
Steve Schaefer

John & Barb Phelps Phelps

10 avril , 2020

Barbara was our neighbor. She was so smart and such a good business woman. She could chat on any subject with wit and good humor.
We always came away from impromptu meetings in a better mood. We are so saddened for her family. She was their rock.

One fond memory we both have is attending the annual fish fry she used to have at her place of business down by the Big Seton hospital on 38th street in Austin. As I remember it, her son's caught the fish and froze them for the event to thank her customers and supplier.

Jerry White

10 avril , 2020

Barbara hired me 40 years ago tomorrow as a clerk at the Austin American-Statesman. I was a sophomore at UT and naively thought I was applying for a job as a copy editor. She diplomatically explained during the interview that, if hired, I would be getting dinner for the copy editors. She hired me and I ended up working there for 17 years. The first year was as a clerk. (I got lots of dinners for lots of copy editors.) Then I was an intern, then a reporter and then an editor. It was the greatest job ever. I have always been so thankful that she took a chance on me. I’ll never forget her.

Christine Bauer

10 avril , 2020

Barbara was a treasured book club member. Her intelligence and wit was Always appropriated in our discussion. She will be greatly missed by her Wednesday afternoon book club friend. My thoughts and prayers to her family and friends.

Jane Rhodes

10 avril , 2020

I am shocked and saddened to hear of Barbara’s passing. I met her at book club and we became friends and martini buddies! She was so kind and sweet when I had knee replacements. Our book club went on a walking tour of downtown Austin. She stayed with me as I couldn’t walk very fast and took “rests” with me. She was a beautiful lady and a strong intelligent woman. My prayers and warm thoughts for her family.

Sharon Easter

10 avril , 2020

I was in the "third Wed of the month" book club with Barbara. She was always delightful and l loved her opinions on the books. I will miss her. Blessed to have known her. My sincere condolences to her family.
Sharon Easter

Kasey Rasmussen

7 avril , 2020

There are many things I will always remember about Barbara, but my favorite is her smile. Her face would light up when her grandkids walked in the room. Even if she hadn’t seen you in a while, she would smile or wink and ask how have you been! She could deliver a zinger of a line when she was joking with the guys. She could always hold her own and made sure everyone knew it. I will miss her in this life but know there is another great lady, also named Barbara, welcoming her on the other side and they are both watching over us all.